Love Your Neighbor: All the Rest is Commentary(Private-Religious)

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This lesson emphasizes the importance of respecting others and their opinions. Students will delve deeper into their understandings of friendship and compromise, and work on a collaborative project to apply what they have learned.

Lesson Rating 
PrintTwo to Three forty minute periods

The learner will:

  • explain the phrase "Love your neighbor as yourself."
  • explain the term "compromise."
  • interview a classmate to understand their opinions.
  • compromise their needs to meet the needs of others in a collaborative project.
  • "Things We Do Well" Survey (See Handout One)
  • Text from the Leviticus 19:18 and Commentary (See Handout Two)
  • "Interview Worksheet" (See Handout Three)
  • "Cooperative Illustration Worksheet" (See Handout Four)
  • construction paper, scissors, glue, markers
Home Connection 

Instruct students to become a "Compromise Cop" at home. Tell them to look for two situations at home that could be helped by compromising and to suggest to those involved (in an appropriate and tactful way) how to compromise.


Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Shabbat

Jewish Virtual Library

Navigating the Bible II

The Chumash: The Stone Edition, Mesorah Publications Ltd. ISBN: 0899060145


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Tell students that you are going to prove that each individual in the class is special. Distribute "Things We Do Well" Survey (See Handout One) and allow students 10-15 minutes to complete. When they have finished, explain that since everyone is special and has special talents, it is important to consider each student’s opinion and to treat everyone with respect.

  2. As a class, read the text from Leviticus 19:16 and the sources commenting on the importance of this verse (see Handout Two). Ask students to explain the statement of Rabbi Hillel. Discuss: What does it mean to treat others as you wish to be treated and why is that so important.

  3. Assign each student a partner. Ask each student to spend ten minutes interviewing his/her partner on how s/he would like to be treated (See Handout Three). After ten minutes, announce that it is time for the second partner to interview his/her peer.

  4. Bring the class back together and ask whether or not they were surprised by the results of the interview. Ask them to raise their hands if they had the same or similar answers for 1 question, 2 questions, 3 questions, etc. Stress that it is important to realize these types of differences when you work and play with others.

  5. Tell students that they will work with their partner to make an illustration of how one should properly treat a friend. Explain that each will plan out how they would make their illustration if they were on their own, and then they will meet together to combine their ideas. Tell them that at least part of the each of the original plans must be included in the final product, and explain that this may mean that they have to compromise. Spend a few minutes clarifying that compromising means that each side gives a little and gets a little.

  6. Distribute "Cooperative Illustration Worksheets" (See Handout Four) and allow students to work independently on their planning. When they finish the planning, partners can work together on their compromise sheets and begin the project.

  7. After the projects are complete, share them with the class and have each group reflect on what was good about compromising and what was difficult about compromising.


Assess students based on observations, their performance on worksheets, and the level of understanding that they demonstrate when they share and reflect on their experience in front of the class.

Cross Curriculum 

Students compromise on project plans and show their families how to compromise.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark E.2 Discuss the importance of respect for others.
      2. Benchmark E.4 Demonstrate listening skills.
    2. Standard PCS 05. Philanthropy and Government
      1. Benchmark E.8 Describe classroom behaviors that help the students learn.